Las Cruces musician and music instructor Chris Sanders, who is one-third of the Hard Rock Trio, will present a vocal techniques workshop on Sunday. Creating music has been a passion of Chris’s since she crawled up on a piano bench and began picking out tunes as a toddler. Her tunes can be heard on six Hard Road Band and Trio albums, and her solo project Rare Bird. A New Mexico Music Award winner, she co-wrote a fully staged musical, We Are Enron, with Bradford Hodgson and Justin Raines that was produced by Mark Medoff. From her first big gig at Carnegie Hall with the Concordia Choir to delivering Eastern Onion Singing Telegrams, and for the past 16 years touring as an acoustic musician, Chris brings her life-long dedication to music to every performance and to her pet project, Desert Night Acoustic Music Camps.
El Paso musician Ricky Malichi is joining the festival to teach a workshop on percussion techniques. Ricky’s early jazz performing began in college when he joined a quartet alongside jazz great and mentor trumpeter Gerald Hunter. He has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe with greats of the jazz world. He helped establish the New Impressions and EP Jazz Quartet. Ricky has been a part of the rhythm section with the great Latin jazz/salsa ensemble Spice of Life. Ricky takes his talents into public schools and universities. He is president of the Southwest Arts Alliance, Inc. and is on staff with the El Paso Music Conservatory.
Las Cruces drummer Joe Seltzer is going us for another percussion workshop. For over 20 years, Joe has been the go-to drummer teacher in the Southwest. A proven professional in a globe full of styles, his old-school straight-shooting no-nonsense approach, paired with industry-leading technology integration has earned him the attention and partnership of companies like Vic Firth, Mapex, and Shure. Joe has studied and continues his own journey as a musician being mentored by top names in drums.